November 2, 2011


When I was 12 is did some stupid shit but I’d have known better than to do this. I hope the parents have large homeowners policies for this lady and her family…

March 1, 2011



Break out the beer! I’m so excited!!!

January 6, 2011


I shall be in Birmingham Alabama for a meeting on February 18, 2011. That meeting will be on South Bridge Parkway so I may stay in that area or maybe someplace where there is stuff around. I will likely add some additional time to the trip and snoop around with my camera and my thirst. I also usually hit thrift stores and yard sales, though I assume the latter is out of season. Dates may be February 17th, 19th and 20th? I won’t know the precise dates until late January or early February. Can anyone recommend some unique places to see, to eat, to goof off and/or does anyone want to join me for same?

December 29, 2010


A sinkhole created by tropical storm Agatha is seen in the Ciudad Nueva neighborhood in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on May 29. Agatha caused landslides and floods that left tens of thousands homeless in Central America.

See the MSNBC Slideshow Pictures of the Year:

June 24, 2010


This was on our home page this morning. I think it’s a very nice thing to do. Only the names have been changes to protect their identitiy and certain peoples employment…

A Message from [Leader of SCIC]

I have been a part of this wonderful organization since 1992, and over these almost 20 years, I have become convinced that there is something very special – even extraordinary – about the SCIC family. If it’s possible for an organization to have a spirit, I believe we do. It is carried in the hearts of more than 30,000 employees who feel an unusual connection, an attachment almost, to the organization. It is extraordinary, and it is one of the elements that make working here so very exceptional.

I’m sorry to share with all of you the sad news that one of our own has lost one of her own in service to our country. We learned that Ben Osborn, the son of Beverly Osborn of our Glens Falls, New York office, was killed in service in Afghanistan. Ben’s funeral service will be held later today. I know that all of you will feel deeply for the entire Osborn family as they mourn the loss of their son.

I recognize that there may be other members of employees’ families who have served and been lost. If you have lost a family member in active service, please send me a comment through this link, and we will post the names of others who have died serving our country so that we can recognize them all.

I also want to embrace a tradition that began during World War I but that carried throughout the wars of the 20th century. Flags were displayed from homes, businesses, schools and churches to indicate, through the use of a blue star on the flag, each active service member in the U.S. military. If a family received notification that their loved one had been lost, the star was changed to a gold star.

For the next year, our company stationery will be printed with a small star at the bottom of the page. The star will have no explanation, but it won’t need one. We will all understand that it is a silent recognition of Ben’s and others’ remarkable service, and it will serve as a daily reminder to all of us – about the service of all young men and women who stand in harm’s way every day.

My wife, [Leader-in-law], and I extend our sincere condolences to the entire Osborn family and to other families who have lost loved ones in the service of our country, and we hope that the wonderful memories of these sons and daughters will warm their hearts.

May 28, 2010

Month in Review (4 WIR’s)

I was fired from a job I had for 24 years one month ago. I have spent this entire time trying to find new employment and yesterday I accepted an offer to manage a claim unit at a new employer. I am facing the longest commute I have ever had, but it is a great job with a good comapny and I an VERY relieved to have a place to go Tuesday morning. It is likely that I will buy a more economical vehicle (very used) becuase my van is not going to be affordable to drive that far every day.

Being fired during this recession has been scary. I really didn’t think that my infraction of the rules at Small Cubicle Insurance Company deserved the penalty that I received. I thought I deserved a first and final warning. I was told that my years of service and performance would be taken into account. That could not have been true. I never got a poor performance review. Ever. I was there for nearly a quarter of a century. Oh well. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that I was only out of work for one month and have a new job. The oil disaster in the Gulf has lasted longer than I was out of a job.

I feel for the people of Louisiana as well as Alabama and Florida. I am angry that BP and the government seemed to be lollygagging at first and just saw an infrared picture of the area and it is shocking. Can’t they invent some machine that sucks up the water and oil, separates it and return the clean water to the Gulf and sends the oil to be made into gasoline? Why has it taken so long to get to Kevin Coster’s centrifuge idea? I read about it before I lost my job.

I also feel for the other people in this country that are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. I was going bonkers and trying to keep busy. I made certain that I got up every day, shaved and kept to a routine of searching for employment every day as my new job. I also took the opportunity to work-out daily and lose about thirty pounds (so far). I feel great and don’t plan to stop eating better and getting more excercise.

Gary Coleman just died. I am sure that Willis is heartbroken.

What do you all think about the new immigration laws in Arizona? I think that situation will get worse before it gets any better.

The weather has been fantastic and Spazticus should be here shortly to help with a minor skirmish on beer. Sal Uki may be joining us later.

Sorry to have not posted in so long. I think you can all understand. I may be sporadic in my postings from this point forward, but I will be around and watching and reading. I just can’t promise a WIR every week with my new responsibilities. No pics this post due to the dinosaur of a computer I am working with at home. It should be a boat anchor or a museum piece.

How about those Blackhawks! I think they are gonna win the Stanley Cup for the first time since before I was born.

Happy healthy weekends to all!

April 14, 2010


This post card image is kinda small but I found the information on the back to be interesting and sad. Sad because Hartford is now nothing compared to what it was. That’s what Hartford and Connecticut deserve given the poor management and anti-business policies and tax rates in the city and state. The politicians of Hartford rival any and all crappy corrupt politicians in any city in any state.

While were on the subject, why don’t politicians have to pass tests like claims handlers have to? We’re required to take CE (Continuing Education) with classes dealing with the technical issues we deal with as well as ethics. Before we can get our adjusters license we have to take a State administered test showing we have a solid understanding of the applicable laws and ethical standards. Politicians should be required to do the same, ethics in particular! Everyone running for office should have to show a solid understanding of business principles. Can you imagine the uproar and screams of protest from the often stupid, ignorant, uneducated blithering idiots running our cities towns and states? We must make this happen. Government is business, if you know nothing about how to run a business you are out!

Anyway, here is the postcard and the info that was on the back:

“Hartford, Capitol of the State of Connecticut, is an important commercial and manufacturing city, called the insurance city because forty-six nationally known Insurance Companies maintain home offices in Hartford. The Travelers Tower, 527 feet in height, is the tallest in New England while the Aetna Life Insurance Company is housed in the largest Colonial structure in the world. The State Capitol is a beautiful building erected in 1877 at a cost of over $3,000,000. The city has many parks including Elizabeth Park, scene of an annual Rose festival in June.”


I love this stuff!